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FREE Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs - 4 Cities
with Peter Wright, Esq.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs featuring Pete Wright are being co-sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hyatt Regency
Bonaventure Conference Center

250 Racquet Club
Weston, FL 33326

Download the directions.
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Tampa Airport Marriott
Tampa Internationl Airport
Tampa, FL

Download the directions.
Monday, August 10, 2009

Best Western Gateway Grand
4200 NW 97th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606.

Download the directions.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PAEC Education Center
753 West Boulevard
Chipley, FL 32428

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Program Description

Each one-day special education law and advocacy training program will focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The programs are not disability specific.


8:30-9:00 Registration


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Registration and Information

There is no cost to attend these workshops. Attendance is FREE, however, since seating is limited, prior registration is required. Parents, families and guardians of Florida students will be given priority registration.

Download and distribute the conference flyer in English.
Download in Spanish.

There are four ways to register:

1. Register online.
2. By faxing the registration form to 850-877-7022.
3. Email your request.
4. Mail the registration form to: SE&A Registration, P.O. Box 6838, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
5. By Phone - call 850-224-6222.

Registration includes a complimentary copy of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Couples receive one set of books. Lunch is on your own.

Accommodations: All special accommodations are on an as needed basis, but only the South FL (Westin) location with have Spanish translation available. ASL will be provided at any location where it is requested. Special accommodations must be identified on the registration form.

Credits: 7 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference.

Contact Sharon Gray by telephone 850-224-6222 or by email.

Help Get the Word Out!

If you know others who may be interested in attending this FREE conference:

  • Please email this link to friends, family and listserv members in Florida.
  • Please post the information at school and work.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out! Register today!

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